This year was Wayne Mock's first year at a SUMA convention as the Mayor of Kerrobert. He has attended three conventions prior to this year's as a member of town council.
"It was an exciting convention to be apart of," Mock said. "We got some bad news from the premier of course with the higher deficit than they had anticipated, they were thinking a billion and it turned out to be 1.2 Billion."
We asked Mock if there was any overarching theme he noticed at this year's convention.
"Basically all of the communities are the same with failing infrastructure, a lot of the water and sewer lines were put in roughly the same time, back in the sixties. Everybody's looking for money to replace everything and of course, with the province in that big of a deficit, it's going to be taking a lot away from revenue sharing. So it's going to be even harder to come up with the funds to try and fix a lot of this infrastructure."
Mock said no matter what the issue, discussions always seemed to come back to the $1.2 billion deficit.
"Yeah that's what it kept coming back to because everybody's going to be working on their budgets for their own community and right now we don't know that there's going to be anything at all coming our way from revenue sharing. Premier Wall is saying everything is on the table, we might have to make cuts and we just don't know how big of a cut that's actually going to be."
We asked Wayne how the current climate could effect the town of Kerrobert.
"We wanted to get going on some of this failing infrastructure, like the water lines and sewer lines and we'd like to get rid of some old dilapidated buildings. Without knowing exactly what kind of money we have coming our way through the provincial government it' kinda hard to get our plans moving forward."
Mock had the chance to bring up some concerns with the Minister of Highways, David Marit. He talked to Marit about Highway 51 going east towards Biggar out of Kerrobert and the terrible shape the road is in.
Mock said they are hoping to have the town's budget fully drawn up sometime in March this year.